Heat pumps work by moving heat from the air or ground into or out of your home using electricity. During the winter, a heat pump moves heat from the cold outdoor air into your home, and during the summer, a heat pump moves heat from the home out into the warm outdoors. An air-source heat pump uses air as the exchange medium, while a ground source heat pump uses the ground or a water source. Air source heat pumps can save you up to 50% on your heating costs compared to electric baseboard or furnace use, and a ground source heat pump is even more efficient, as the ground and water are a relatively stable temperature year-round, lowering operating costs even more. You can find more information about heat pumps by visiting the Department of Energy website.
Air Source Heat Pumps
Visit the Department of Energy Air-Source Heat Pumps page for more information.
- Minimum of 15 seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER); minimum qualifying load for terminal heat pumps is 1 ton (12,000 British Thermal Unit [BTU] per hour rated capacity); terminal units are through the wall-mounted air‐source heat pumps. Air conditioning-only units do not qualify.
- $300 per ton for units rated from 15 to 17 SEER (not to exceed 50% equipment cost)
- $450 per ton for units greater than 17 SEER (not to exceed 50% equipment cost)
- $100 per unit additional incentive for central air source with integrated controlled electric thermal storage (ETS) backup in lieu of a separate ETS incentive
- $85 per unit for terminal units (through-the-wall mounted heat pumps)
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Visit the Department of Energy Geothermal Heat pumps page for more information.
- Minimum 3/4 ton: 9,000 British Thermal Units per Hour (Btuh)
- ENERGY STAR rating not required
- New or replacement ground source closed-loop or open water source heat pumps qualify
- $500 per ton for new systems using either ground source closed-loop or groundwater source (not to exceed 50% equipment costs)
- $250 per ton for replacement systems using existing ground source closed-loop or groundwater source (not to exceed 50% equipment cost)
- $100 per unit for ground source heat pump powered hot water (a.k.a. desuperheater)
Rebates must be applied for within 120 days of installation.
For more information please contact Gunnison County Electric Association (GCEA) at (970) 641-3520 or fill out the online contact form and GCEA’s energy use advisor will contact you.